Planning a birthday party for Jonah this year proved to be little difficult. Early in the year, he decided to not have a party in order to be able to spend some time in NYC when we went to Philly on our vacation. That trip got canceled so he wanted to know if he could have a party. It wasn't his fault the trip got canceled so we started scrambling to plan a party.
We gave him several suggestions and he settled on a party at the place where he takes Martial Arts. He had been to a couple of parties there and loved them. This was no exception. He (and the other kids) had a great time! It was a fabulous party. It started with Jonah getting to lead the kids in exercises. (see, doesn't that sound fun?)
After they warmed up, they got to do all sorts of drills. The staff catered each thing to the particular age and skill set of the child. Which was great because of the varied ages there.
There is a pretty strict "No kids under 4" rule but a couple of times they motioned for Micah to come out to take a turn. I think maybe because it was his brother's party? It won't be long until he can fully participate in things like this.
Colton watched from the side too. With just a little bit of age, those two could take over the place. :-)
Jonah even ran the course once with Micah. It was pretty sweet for this mom to watch her boys have so much fun together.
One of the perks of parties at this place is dodge ball. The kids LOVE it. They played for a little bit before dinner and cake.
Before going in to eat, Sensei gathered all the kids and put Jonah in the middle. At this point, his mo and dad were super nervous. We saw her grab the boards so we knew what was coming. It was time for him to break 2 boards with a kick.
Yeah, he nailed it! He let out a big "HI-YA" and kicked right through those things. Whew!
Another highlight of parties at this place is getting to cut your cake with a samurai sword. Jonah could hardly wait to do this.
The total party time was 2 hours but when I looked at my watch while the kids were eating, I realized we only had 30 minutes left. Sensei told me that if he opened presents there, he would not have enough time to play black light dodge ball or battle the parents in dodge ball. Knowing the battle against the parents is one of the best parts for all the kids, I gave Jonah the choice. He decided to wait to open presents and do all the dodge ball that could be done!
It really was such a perfect party. He had so much fun and is still talking about it. One of the special parts of his party was having Louisiana friends here for the party. Debra was at his first three parties before we left Vidalia. Then, we moved here and she missed 4, 5 and 6. She made it back for 7 so if we follow this trend, then she needs to pencil us in for 8 and 9. (Got that Beppa?) Cliff and Beppa loved this boy from the moment they found out he was on the way. (They were the very first people who knew. We wrapped the 9 pregnancy tests in a dish cloth and went to their house, holed up in their master bath and shared the news with them! Then we walked next door to tell Tim and Belinda!) So, having her and Jessie here for his party was very special to all of us.
Thanks to Ann Axon Photography for another great party shoot! I had decided not to have a photographer there but when she RSVP'd for her kids to come, I decided to take the plunge. I'm so glad I did. Such great shots! Thanks, Ann! I'll post all the party shots on my Facebook. There were almost 200! I had to settle for just 70 for this post!